A week ago the ultrarunning community lost one of the first and one of the best.
This taken from the Enumclaw Courier Herald:
"Former Enumclaw resident Dr. David Terry, 47, died unexpectedly Sept. 13, 2009, at his home in Portland, Ore. He was born Nov. 12, 1961, in Seattle to Dr. Irvin Terry and Helene (Montcalm) Terry. He was the third of four brothers and one sister. In 1971, the family moved to Enumclaw, where he graduated from high school in 1980.
Following a year taken to pursue his passion of ski racing full-time, he entered Colorado College and graduated with a pre-med degree in 1986. He graduated from St. Louis Medical School in 1990. Following a three-year radiology residency in Chicago, he moved to Portland in 1995 to take a teaching fellowship at Oregon Health and Science University and then took a full-time position at the veterans hospital in Portland where he worked as a radiologist until his death.
He was an accomplished ultra/trail runner. He finished the Western States 100-mile Endurance Run 10 times in less than 24 hours, placing as high as fifth one year. He was a 10-time finisher at the Wasatch 100, finishing as high as third, and a two-time finisher of the Hard Rock 100.
He was an accomplished writer, poet, gardener and gourmet cook. He was passionate about the outdoors which strengthened his spirit and gave him peace. Friends were extremely important to Dave and he maintained close contact with his network throughout the country.
He is survived by his mother Helene and brothers Paul and Lawrence, all of Enumclaw; brother Irvin and wife Kate of Lynnwood, Wash., and sister Frances and husband David of Whitefish, Mont.
Friends and family are welcome to funeral services at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1614 Farrelly St. in Enumclaw."
The 2002 Western States. Montrail Teammates (l to r)Jim Kerby, Dave Terry and Ian Torrence head out together from the Devil's Thumb aid station. High spirits and motivation provided by Dr. Dave Terry.
Dr. Dave Terry was an icon of the ultrarunning sport. Selflessly assisting those in need. Whether it be advice and consultations on an injury or motivation needed for the next climb. Dave was always there; quite frankly, he loved the sport and the people who gravitated towards it. He left behind a legacy and will always be remembered. Run on good friend!
Americans win! Oxfam Trailwalker Hong Kong 2001. Champion team Montrail Protrek from the U.S. completed the course in 12 hours 52 minutes, breaking the official record set by the Gurkhas in 1993. (left to right) Scott Tucker (Montrail CEO, in white), Team Montrail Protrek (in blue) Nate McDowell, Scott Jurek, Ian Torrence, Dave Terry.
Another of Dave's friends, Craig Thornley, shares more over at his blog site.
Sean Meissner shares is memories of Dave here.
Andy Jones-Wilkins' good words on Dave can be found on his blog here.
Krissy Moehl shares her's here.